Puppy love this Valentine’s

We are so goo goo ga ga over our dog, Marshall, that I decided he just had to pass out love notes and Valentine’s gifts to all of his friends. You see, Marshall, aka Bugsy, is quite the man about town. He’s a bit of a casanova and extremely confident- at one year old no less! Most mornings Mon-Fri, he heads to the local doggie park for a major romp with all of his best buds. My husband typically takes him Mon-Weds and these days, I join Thur and Fridays. I love the family time!

Bugsy gets along with all of the dogs, loves playing tug o’war and zippin’ all around in circles with the big and small pups. He’s never been shy around dogs and loves trying to run with all his might after the super agile big guys.

Marshall and I discussed how he wants to spend his Valentine’s this year and he told me he wanted to give out personalized Valentine notes and also homemade puppy cookies.  No problem Bugsy boo. His Valentine’s are so sweet and tell each pup how much fun he has with them at the park and if he/she will be his special Valentine? 544168_default_1These are the cards we picked out at Papyrus…..San Mateo-20130130-00858Marshall reading one of his love notes to bestie, Meatball aka meatie. 

I found a great recipe online for homemade peanut butter and bacon cookies. I headed to Sur La Table to get the perfect cookie cutter shapes (a German Shepard and a bone!) and party bags,  then the market to get all the ingredients. Marshall was barking like a maniac in the kitchen for the two hours I was cooking the bacon, rolling the dough, and placing the yummy treats in the oven. He couldn’t control himself and pounced on me any number of times for food. The ultimate test was him running off with one of the cookies and hiding underneath the dining room table to sample it. He ended up eating 4 cookies…I hope he doesn’t get sick from all of the tasty treats!  San Mateo-20130130-00820

Skippy creamy peanut butter works great with this recipe. Don’t use crunchy. San Mateo-20130130-00822Frying the bacon….San Mateo-20130130-00824Chopping the bacon….Dog-Treats-Recipe_thumbThe basic ingredients that make these treats so yummySan Mateo-20130130-00821Shredding the carrots in my mini cuisinart. This mini version is such a fantastic addition to the kitchen…San Mateo-20130130-00826Using the larger cuisinart to process the rolled oats into a fine flour-like powderSan Mateo-20130130-00828Take a good size dough ball, plop on the wax paper on your kitchen counter. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough gently (north, east, south, west) until around 1/4 inch thick. Use any fun cookie cutter and press through the dough. Gently remove the excess around and place the shapes onto your cookie sheet.

Mr. lover boy will be handing out each love letter and cookie package to his best buds tomorrow. Although he prefers the ladies, he said he felt manly  enough to hand some out to the boys too. 😉 San Mateo-20130130-00847The end product. So adorable and a good size treat! San Mateo-20130130-00846Marshall sampling his third cookie….San Mateo-20130130-00850Begging for more….I don’t think he understands the concept of giving away treats to his friends quite yet.San Mateo-20130130-00853The sweetest gift for his friends. Little polkadot cellophane bags from Sur la Table holding 3 cookies each and accented with a red ribbon!

Homemade Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

Makes 15-20 treats

Ingredients

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon honey

1 large egg

1/2 cup water

1 carrot, shredded

2-3 pieces cooked bacon, chopped

1 cup oat flour or 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, processed until floury

1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, egg, water, carrot and bacon and stir until well blended. Add both flours to wet mixture to form dough.

Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or lightly floured work surface to 1/4 inch thick.

Cut out with a dog bone shaped cookie cutter, or your desired shape (I did a German Shepard and bone). Place treats 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container or re-sealable plastic bag for up to one week, or freeze.

Note, I doubled the recipe. I also rolled the dough on wax paper that I taped to the kitchen counter for stability. I didn’t have parchment paper so I lightly (very lightly) buttered the baking sheet so the cookies wouldn’t stick. I used high quality bacon without bad chemicals and non-smoked, and used rolled oats, processed until floury versus the oat flour. I also under baked the treats, cooking for a total of around 20 minutes. Yum. And yes, I had a tiny bite. Not bad for a dog treat! Maybe I was just hungry….

 

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